AIEA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some Aiea residents are fed up with illegal dumping in their backyards. Now, one concerned citizen is taking measures into her own hands to stop it.
Tina Quizon captured two men pulling into Halewiliko Place below Aiea Intermediate School near the old sugar plantation. She says they illegally dumped a dresser with clothes, a water cooler, and chairs on the side of the road. She confronted them as they were leaving. After a heated discussion, she said she filed a police report.
Although this is the first time she has caught the illegal act on camera, she says this problem has been going on for years.
"See all the beer bottles, potato chips, plastics bags," Quizon said walking us through the area.
"Back here, looks like some legs to a table," she said
Quizon said she discovered the illegal dump site in 2013. Since then, she says it has been a battle getting state and city officials to do something about it.
State Representative Aaron Ling Johanson says he has been unsuccessful in trying to pass legislation that would stiffen penalties for illegal dumping.
"There's often not enough law enforcement and that's the real catch to catching people dumping. So what really helps is when we have vigilant community members and citizens who take action and report dumping in progress," Johanson said.
He says the nearest legal dump site is in Waipahu about seven miles away.
"There's health and safety concerns most definitely. This is the side of a stream and we don't want it in the ground water supply. We also don't want children potentially in and around it because you never know what's at a dump site," he said.
Johanson and Quizon hopes the video will serve as a reminder that it is not acceptable.
"It's just an ongoing problem and I think people have to know that others are watching and people aren't going to tolerate it anymore," Quizon said.
Punishment for illegal dumping ranges from petty misdemeanor to a felony depending on the amount of trash.
For active illegal dumping, call police.
For illegal dumping clean-up, call the city's Department of Environmental Services at 768-3300 or the state's Solid and Hazardous Waste Branch at 586:4226.